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Image credit: Secure Escape, Collective Works by Emma Crocker and Elspeth Rowell

When:

Saturday 26 February and Saturday 5th Mar 2022

Workshop Details:

These workshops, presented by artists Emma Crocker and Elspeth Rowell, are being held alongside their exhibition Secure Escape, opening on Saturday 5 February in Gallery 2 and showing until Saturday 26 Feb, 2022.

Participants will learn hand building coil techniques as well as surface design techniques of either sgraffito etching or experimenting with wax resist mediums.

All works made will be fired, clear glazed and fired again; the same processes the artists used for their work featured in ‘Secure Escape’. These workshops are open to all people of all ages and abilities, but places will be limited and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshop 1: Sgraffito

Saturday 26th February, 11am to 2pm, workshop Tuggeranong Arts Centre

$30pp booking link

  • Coil building explanation and introductions 
  • Hand building of vessels
  • Break for clay to dry
  • Explanation and demonstration of sgraffito techniques
  • Designing on paper
  • Underglaze painting
  • Sgraffito etching
  • Completion of pieces

All works will be glazed with glossy, clear, food safe glazes and available for pickup from Tuggeranong Arts Centre a few weeks after completion.

Workshop 2: Wax Resist Techniques

Saturday 5th March, 11am to 2pm, workshop, Tuggeranong Arts Centre

$30pp booking link

  • Coil building explanation and introductions
  • Handbuilding of vessels
  • Break for clay to dry
  • Explanation and demonstration of wax resist techniques
  • Designing on paper
  • Underglaze painting
  • Wax resist application
  • Completion of pieces

All works will be glazed with glossy, clear, food safe glazes and available for pickup from Tuggeranong Arts Centre a few weeks after completion.

Artist Biography:

Elspeth and Emma are two Canberra based young artists. They started collaborating under the name ‘Puffy Pottery’ in their dusty garage at the end of 2020, and have spent the past year working to develop their individual yet complementary styles. Since then, the pair have sold their ceramics at local markets, Spiral Botanicals, and nationwide via their Instagram page.

Whilst Elspeth is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the ANU, specialising in ceramics and printmaking, the two are largely self-taught. Emma studies Public Policy and International Relations at the ANU and was introduced to ceramics when, one day, Elspeth brought home a 10kg bag of clay. Ceramics has taken up a much larger role than expected in Emma and Elspeth’s lives, as both have found it to be an invaluable medium for self-expression. Their approaches to ceramics center around maximalism and bright colours, which they execute through an amalgamation of surface design techniques on diverse clay bodies. Recently they’ve found inspiration in the ant nests on nearby O’Connor ridge and the cunjevoi that live among the rock pools of the South Coast. Together, Emma and Elspeth hope to continue learning from each other and the local art community.

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